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By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Carrow Road
Norwich City produced a magnificent display to inflict Manchester City’s first Premier League defeat because January.
The Canaries were overlooking 11 players but made light of those harms and took benefit of a performance from the winners who was careless in the extreme and characterised by chaotic defending.
Kenny McLean rose unmarked to match Emiliano Buendia’s corner after 18 minutes and 10 minutes later doubled their advantage when a flowing move started by Marco Stiepermann finished with Teemu Pukki setting Todd Cantwell for a simple finish up.
Sergio Aguero’s header before the break looked to have established the stage for a Manchester City comeback however a misunderstanding between Nicolas Otamendi along with John Stones, which had been typical of their displays, watched the Argentina centre-back attacked to get Pukki by Buendia to score.
Rodri scored his first goal with just two minutes left to make it a nerve-jangling finish before referee Kevin Friend whistle was the cue for crazy celebrations and inflict for Manchester City.
It had been inevitable City would overlook composure, the course and caliber of Aymeric Laporte – who is set to be out for six months with a knee injury that is serious – however, that display suggests the gap he leaves is even more menacing for Manchester City.
Guardiola has dropped sway and quality with the harm of Laporte in addition to Vincent Kompany’s departure and the nightmare came true at Carrow Road as Otamendi and Stones needed a time.
City’s manager will understand he must now require the set until January.
Guardiola himself should not escape criticism to the defeat after he left Kevin de Bruyne then delayed his arrival until afterwards Norwich had re-established their lead. They had been mystifying decisions along with also a price was paid.
The way of the goals of Norwich will concern Guardiola, ranging from poor marking at set pieces – that is now a recurring motif – to attempts to play out from the trunk.
Otamendi and stones were riddled with nerves during, their lack of comprehension reflected from the fact they had played as a pairing six times in the past 20 months.
It would be ludicrous to begin writing off the title hopes of a group so full of quality but that five-point gap to Liverpool looks big once you consider Jurgen Klopp’s staff only lost once at the league last year, to City, and also have won their opening five games this period.
Norwich City’s tools were so thin that the amounts were composed by boss Farke from naming two goalkeepers as 11 players had been eliminated from his group by accident.
He said he could not”park the bus” since he didn’t have enough defenders – rather the German trusted his typical intense approach and what an occasion that he gave the Canaries supporters within a bouncing Carrow Road.
Norwich were disciplined in defence but ambitious and confident when they had the chunk, not scared.
They had 11 high-class actors but particular mention must go in the back along with the genius of Buendia, that pressed City to submission as he demonstrated with the third goal.
And is Pukki, about the mark once again using a poacher’s purpose when he handed across the face of goal for Cantwell but unselfish.
When the inevitable cost of City came, Norwich were out in their feet however hurled their bodies round the penalty area when called upon, while goalkeeper Tim Krul played heroics to block shots.
This was a performance which could send self-belief surging through Norwich City – and the supporters who kept up relentless sound through an occasion they’ll remember for a very long moment.
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